1941 Nash Ambassador

1941 Nash Ambassador

When most people think of the late, lamented Nash brand, they conjure up bulbous family cars of the 1950s or perhaps the tiny Nash Metropolitan.

The 1941 Nash Ambassador is an aerodynamic standout among production sedans

The 1941 Nash Ambassador is an aerodynamic standout among pre-war production sedans

When most people think of the late, lamented Nash brand, they conjure up bulbous family cars of the 1950s or perhaps the tiny Nash Metropolitan. Few picture the stylish, forward-looking cars that Nash created in the pre-war years.

Here’s one of my favorites for Pick of the Week, the cheeky 1941 Nash Ambassador that took the common look of production-car styling and gave it a streamlined tweak that makes all the difference.

The Nash looks like it’s rarin’ to go

The Nash looks like it’s rarin’ to go

“The aerodynamic design was referred to as slipsteam styling – sleek and smooth for the day with no protruding lights, running boards or door hinges,” the Orlando, Florida, seller states in the ClassicCars.com advertisement.

The two-door Nash has a great look, hunkered forward in an athletic stance that seems like it’s always pushing against the wind, almost cartoonish in a way, but very appealing for anyone who appreciates this era of American sedans.

And there is a historic element to its design: “The 1941 Nash is also recognized as the first mass-produced American car to utilize unibody construction,” the seller says.

The Nash is powered by a 176-cubic-inch inline-six-cylinder engine that produces 82 horsepower. The engine is linked to a three-speed manual transmission, according to the seller, who notes that the car gets 30 miles per gallon, giving it a 600-mile cruising range from its 20-gallon gas tank.

The Nash is priced at $22,900, which would get you a unique piece of vintage motoring that would stand out at the cruise-in among all the Chevys, Fords and Plymouths.

“This is a beautiful example with excellent paint, body and chrome,” the seller says. “This Nash runs and drives excellent!”

 

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